Thursday, June 19, 2014
RITA GOT BAPTIZED!!!! AND CONFIRMED!!!!!
So, once upon a time me and sister carroll were teaching an investigator in front of the chapel and we were well on our way to marking him for baptism, the lesson was going great, when out from no where this lady shows up. I thought she was a member at first glance, but then she starting asking what the schedule was for the church and so we showed her around and got her number, but then our investigator had to go... so we were a little annoyed about the interruption. Well, that sunday she showed up for church. In a dress. and loved it. and we taught her the first lesson after that and it was a little rushed but she was so patient and then she came that week to a meeting with us and we marked her for baptism and then she did family history with the branchs family historian. And at first when we talked about preparing her for baptism, it was her saying, This girl wants to baptize me! to, Im going to get baptized!!! It was so cool. She accepted everything that we taught. She went on the church website and watched mormon messages and that helped her testimony grow. she stopped drinking coffee even though she was pretty much addicted. She first found the church website because she saw a picture of the temple, and wanted to get baptized in the temple really badly, but already has a goal to go. Our members know and love her. She actually already knew a couple of them from before she started investigating the church. And she got baptized on saturday and it was the greatest thing of my life.
The Lord did it all. we just marked appointments and taught lessons and did what we have been trained to do, but it was the spirit that touched her and testified to her. I have no doubt that Rita will stay active for the rest of her life. Literally the only thing that kept her from being baptized was how simple the baptismal clothing is. One night we passed by a members house and the lady was talking about how awesome Rita is and how wonderful it is to see her changing and accepting the gospel and i just started crying. what a priveledge it is to have played a part in all of that! It is all worth it. Oh, the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
And that was pretty much the highlight of the week. Other than that, we worked hard and enjoyed life on madeira.
I love you!!! Have a good week!!
Peace, Love, temple marriage,